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Daniel's vision of four beasts: 23.K.5-45

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Current Location: In storage


Daniel's vision of four beasts
[Four Illustrations to a Spanish book]


Printmaker: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn




The four beasts are seen in the lower part of the scene; a lion with the wings of an eagle, a bear, a winged leopard with four heads and a beast with ten horns; above, a court of angels is arranged in rows around a central, bearded and cloaked figure on a throne (the 'Ancient of Days'), a male figure, seen from behind, stands before him.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


Production date: AD 1655


II/II. From the divided plate of Four Illustrations to a Spanish book.

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Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Plate Height 110 mm Width 75 mm
Sheet Height 113 mm Width 78 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Rembrandt. f.
  • Location: Image lower left
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1655.
  • Location: Image lower left, following the above
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Date
  • Text: 45
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Lugt 932

  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Stamp

Inscription present: Incorrectly numbered - should be 23.K.5-45

  • Text: 23.K.5-46
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Stamp

Identification numbers

Accession number: 23.K.5-45
Primary reference Number: 48116
Hollstein (Dutch/Flemish): B36 D II/II
Biörklund/Barnard: BB55-C D II/II
Old location number: 38.7.19d
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 16 September 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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